Sunday, June 7, 2009

Movie Review - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

This movie received 13 Academy Award nominations and won three, which usually means a no rental for me. My tastes tend to run contrary to the Academy’s. Also, this movie is about 2 ½ hours long and looked terribly slow, so I was not really looking forward to it.

Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
DVD Release date: 5/5/09

This film is an adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that was first published in Collier’s Magazine in 1921. The story is basically about a baby who is born as an old man and ages backwards, and how his life and relationships are affected by this phenomenon.

This movie takes that short story and transforms it into a visual piece of art. As I said, it is quite long and seemingly slow moving, but you become so involved in the story, that you don’t notice the time. Brad Pitt does a wonderful job as he slowly grows younger with Cate Blanchett, his one true love, growing older. Blanchett is so graceful in this movie; it was a joy to watch her.

The plot of the movie differs quite a lot from the short story however. In the short story, he is born as an old man, who can already talk and wants to smoke cigars. In the movie, he is born as a baby that looks very old, with the physical deformities that take place in a very elderly man. He is abandoned as a baby at a nursing home and left to grow up there. The movie is very reminiscent of Forest Gump in its style and movement.

This movie has been critically acclaimed as Brad Pitt’s best work and I would have to agree. I would highly recommend this film.

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